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What advice did Paul George give to Kawhi Leonard?

Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will square off for the second time in three days
Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will square off for the second time in three days (Getty Images)

Prior to the start of last season, Paul George was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder where he played out the final year of his contract ahead of becoming a free agent.

George ultimately chose to re-sign with the Thunder.

It's a blueprint the Toronto Raptors hope to follow this summer with impending unrestricted free agent Kawhi Leonard.

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Ahead of Friday's game between the Thunder and Raptors, George told reporters that he's spoken to Leonard about his upcoming decision, one that's eerily similar to his own from this time last year.

What did George say?

"That's between us."

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Of course, George speaking on the Leonard situation isn't anything new as he answered questions on that same topic back at the Thunder media day in the preseason. "I told him just give wherever you're going, give them your everything, and decide from there."

Both Leonard and George are having All-NBA type seasons.

Leonard is averaging a career-high 27.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game and has the Raptors still in contention for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. He scored five of his 22 points in overtime in Toronto's win on Wednesday.

MORE: Takeaways from Toronto's thrilling OT win over OKC

George, meanwhile, is a contender for Defensive Player of the Year and a strong candidate for one of the forward spots on All-NBA First Team. He's averaging career high in points, rebounds and assists while also leading the NBA in steals per game.

The Thunder could use some of George's late-game heroics as they are in the midst of a four-game losing streak, tied for their longest of the season.

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